In Summary
  • President Donald Trump authorised the Pentagon to undertake anti-terrorist operations in support of the fragile Somali government.


US forces have carried out three strikes in the past two days in Somalia against both the Al-Qaeda affiliated Shabaab group and Islamic State group jihadists, killing several, the military announced on Sunday.

The first operation, launched on Saturday at 1330 GMT, took place near Gaduud, about 400 kilometres southwest of the capital Mogadishu, killing one Shabaab militant, according to a US Africa Command (AFRICOM) statement.


"Prior to this strike, US forces observed the Shabaab combatant participating in attacks on a US and Somali convoy," the statement said.

Then in the first hour of Sunday, a strike targeted Shabaab fighters in the Lower Shabelle region, some 64 kilometres west of Mogadishu. A second strike, some nine hours later, targeted IS militants in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in the country's north.

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